Senior Editor

Since joining Portland Monthly’s editorial team in 2010, Marty has covered books, tech start-ups, porn theater history, and population trends, and written features on the state’s UFO legacy and World Cup soccer fever in Portland. Marty commandeers the magazine’s front-of-the-book Dispatch section and backpage, and co-edits Portland Monthly’s style and design blog, Lookbook.

Burmese by birth and German by childhood, Marty arrived in Portland in 2005 by way of Los Angeles. He completed an MA in Medieval History at Portland State, where he got way into Derrida. When he’s not writing or editing, you can find him standing alongside his lovely wife in the Timbers Army, on his bike, or leveling his Titan.

Design

Paul Bunyan vs. Polka Dots: The 15 Biketown Design Finalists Are Here

You have until May 3 to vote on your favorite for each Portland quadrant.

04/27/2018 By Marty Patail

The Shakedown

Ermahgerd, It's Prom Season!!!

We size up everyone's favorite teenage rite of passage.

04/24/2018 By Marty Patail

Design

Behold this Stunning, Small-Scale Bathroom Remodel

Here's how to make the hardest-working room in the house work.

04/24/2018 By Marty Patail

Hunger in Oregon

Can We Solve Oregon’s Hunger Crisis with Big-Picture Boldness?

In a state that suffers one of the nation's highest rates of food insecurity, what could we do better?

04/24/2018 By Marty Patail

Sports

The Lefty Punks of German Soccer Come to Portland

On May 22, FC St. Pauli squares off against the Timbers' reserve squad.

04/24/2018 By Marty Patail

The Shakedown

The Joys and Woes of Buying a House in Portland

Is homeownership all it's cracked up to be?

03/27/2018 By Marty Patail

City of Design

The Essential Guide to Design Week Portland 2018

The city’s annual celebration of deep thoughts and sharp looks is back. Here’s your ultimate preview.

03/27/2018 Edited by Marty Patail

Design Week 2018: PDX Revamp

How One Portland Company Is Reviving the Airport’s Discarded Benches

Behold these beautifully revamped seats at Design Week.

03/27/2018 By Marty Patail

Design Week 2018: Editor's Picks

Portland Monthly's Top Picks for Design Week 2018

Here are nine of the events we're most excited to check out.

03/27/2018 By Marty Patail

Design Week 2018: Type Hero

A Lettering Artist Breaks Down Her Intricate Craft

Jessica Hische talks dollhouses and Wes Anderson.

03/27/2018 By Marty Patail

Design Week 2018: Tsilli Pines

Why Design Week 2018 Will Be the Best Design Week Ever

Director Tsilli Pines breaks it down.

03/27/2018 By Marty Patail

Design

This Bend Woodworking Studio Makes Beautifully Curvy Furniture

Fernweh’s Justin Nelson followed his heart, and it led him to hardwood.

03/27/2018 By Marty Patail

Q&A

Can a Website Help Fight Portland's Housing Crisis?

Once homeless, Tyrone Poole now runs a start-up that connects would-be renters with real choices.

03/27/2018 By Marty Patail

Education

Does Jefferson High School Need a New Name?

A ’61 graduate of the historically black school says it should be named for a woman, an African American, or an abolitionist—not a slaveowner.

03/27/2018 By Marty Patail

The Shakedown

College Hoops Is Madness. What's the Deal?

Pro: only chance most Portlanders will get to root for anything Kentucky does.

02/27/2018 By Marty Patail

Tech

The Intel Meltdown Hack Explained—through Cheeseburgers

Why is all of your personal data vulnerable? For the lowdown on microprocessors, let's talk about pickles.

02/27/2018 By Marty Patail

Gaming

An Oregon City Game Designer Builds VR Worlds Worthy of Black Mirror

Is Contact.exe the future of video gaming?

02/27/2018 By Marty Patail

Development

3 Bonkers Things We Learned about These Proposed Skyscrapers

No. 3: the 680-feet-high skybridge will have trees growing in it.

02/15/2018 By Marty Patail

Transportation

Portland Wants You to Redesign Those Bright Orange Bikes

Hate the color of our city's communal bikes? Channel your rage into a new design.

02/14/2018 By Marty Patail

Film

Portland Finally Gets a Horror Movie—with a Creepy David Tennant

A new trailer for the locally filmed Bad Samaritan shows our city's darker side.

02/13/2018 By Marty Patail